I have ENS. (Empty Nest Syndrome)

My little Silky babies have graduated to the great outdoors......

But I'm feeling a little sad....
I'm sure going to miss hearing their little contented peeping sounds in my living room, but I won't be missing the faint smell of poop coming from their box. Belle, Beau, and Cecil are loving their brand new world, and I still keep them indoors at night for now, so everything is working out OK. They haven't gotten all of their silky feathers yet, so they are in an awkward stage right now.

Hubby and I had another busy weekend... Hubby is converting one of our old chicken coops into a little storage/potting shed next to the house just for me. (Yay!) I will post pictures soon... right now it looks like an outhouse, so you'll have to wait a while to see it.

I found a delicious (and easy) recipe for Tuna Cakes in a new "Taste of Home" cookbook my wonderful Father-in-law gave me.

2- 6 oz. cans of light tuna, flaked and drained

1-6 oz. package of chicken stuffing

1/3 cup of mayonnaise

3/4 cup of water (I drained the tuna water into a measuring cup, then added water to it for more flavoring. It was good!)

2 tbsp sweet pickle relish (this is optional- I'm not a big sweet relish fan, so I left it out.)

Mix all ingedients in a large bowl, then cover and refrigerate for 10-15 minutes. Pat out desired sized patties (or use an ice cream scoop) and cook in non-stick skillet or griddle until golden brown on both sides.

Oh, and don't forget the sweet tea!


  1. Can't wait to see the pictures. It sounds like a good plan. You know you are southern when you specify sweet tea;) I too am a huge sweet tea gal.

  2. The tuna cakes sound good....I'll have to try them..what do you serve with them?

  3. Truly an empty nest issue - glad you aren't missing the poop smell(not a favorite of mine either). I make salmon patties a lot like your tuna cakes - perfect with them are nice sweet peas and a bit of potato (baked or mashed). Comfort food indeed!

  4. What beautiful Silkies. My mom used to make salmon patties, but cooked them to death. However, your recipe for the tuna sounds like it may be able to recruit me. I just may try that! I don't know about the sweet tea, I must be too much of a yankee dog.

  5. sea2shore- Good to hear from you, Reggie!
    I'm a tea-a-holic... I don't drink soft drinks. I can't make it through the day without at least 6 or 7 glasses of it!

    Dani- We had our cakes with some mac and cheese and a small salad. Oh, and some strawberries and pound cake, too! :)

    LindaSue- I always made salmon patties, but never tuna cakes... I don't know why, because I love tuna. I actually think I like these better now! I love me some comfort food, too! And I LOVE sweet peas- esp. with mashed potoatoes. Mmmmmm.

  6. Oh Don- Please come to Tennessee and be converted... you don't know what you're missing! LOL

  7. A potting shed! Oh you lucky girl. I can just see it covered with flowers. I'm so excited for you!


  8. I envy you, as I've always wanted a potting shed. How neat for you!

    I love tuna salad sandwiches, or even by itself on a bed of lettuce, but I've never cared much for warm tuna. I'm thinking I could take that same recipe, though, and use canned salmon. :-)

  9. Hi Paula, the baby chicks have grown so well! I just love Taste Of Home! They have the best recipes. So enjoy stopping by to see your wonderful posts. Blessings, Kathleen

  10. I just can't wait to see this outhouse/chickencoop/potting shed thangamagig!!!!! Sounds like there's a plan and a vision there, though, so it must be a good thing.

    The tuna cakes sound wonderful!!!!! Can't wait to try it. I think it calls for creamed peas and baked potatoes.

    And thanks for visiting my blog! Your comments always make me laugh. I did kick off those shoes, too!!!


  11. PS: And I LOVE sweet tea, too! At least a gallon a day goes through this house for just two of us!

  12. Your little ones have graduated ((sniff)). I just ordered mine this week.
    The tuna cakes sound yummy- they will go great with the Asian Greens we are getting from our greenhouse guy!

  13. Sorry your chicks have left the nest, but maybe the fresh smell in the house will sway your feelings! ;)

  14. Awwww....hehe...you crack me up!!! :)

  15. Lucky Girl...a potting shed! I've wanted one for years!
    The tuna cakes look good-save one for me??!
    Mama used to make something like that with salmon when I was little. I always loved them.
    Have a wonderful week-

  16. Oh your silkies are still so cute. A little of an in-between stage but cute. I'm sure you are missing them. Every mother hen feels this way when their babies leave the nest. At least they didn't fly the coop.

  17. Oh, I love those babies. I don't have any silkies, they look so soft and sweet.
    I'll have to give the tuna patties a try. Don't worry we never forget the sweet tea!

  18. Oh sweet babies! I make salmon patties much like those tuna cakes too. Must be a southern thang!

  19. Oh no! Somewhere we have a difference of opinion---I drink unsweetened tea! I gave uo the sugar years ago. Oh, I still eat sweets-just not in tea.
    Love fish ackes- tuna, salmon, mahi mahi--Your new recipe sounds great and I also would skip the relish.
    Looking forward to the pics of the new potting shed.
    PS the babies are still cute...

  20. Oh i wish i could have chickens here is Suburbia...But i will just have to keep reading your blog and dreaming....I am definitely gonna try those tuna cakes! (no relish) :)

  21. The chicks are so sweet. I cannot wait to see your garden shed, Show us pictures of it in progress. Your family sounds like mine, we have to have sweet tea. It is truly one of the Souths staples.
    Have a blessed day and look forward to seeing that shed. RoseMarie

  22. Oh my havent they grown, they are so cute!

  23. Yum - tuna cakes and sweet tea!! I'm going to try that recipe.

  24. That recipe sounds really good! And who can resist a sweet glass of tea? I love sun tea. The flavor just says "summer"!

  25. I am going to have to try this. I'm a terrible cook with no imagination so it always help to get an easy recipe.

    Thanks for sharing!


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